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NFL Week 9: My Picks

This never gets old.

7-6 last week

57-42-4 for the season

Falcons (-7) over COLTS

The Falcons are on a two game win streak, mostly because they’ve reverted back to their “pound the rock” mentality. With Julio Jones back and the horrendous Colts defense on the other side the Falcons should have no trouble passing the ball (See: Saints). Expect big games from every weapon they got. Falcons win this easily.

SAINTS (-8½) over Buccaneers

Why does it seem these two play each other every other week? Regardless, these games are always close. The last time the Saints played in NO? Well, the 62-7 massacre of the Colts. Even though the Saints have superior talent the Bucs always manage to make these games close. Hey, they beat the Saints in Tampa a few weeks back. The Saints get them back in another close one.

TEXANS (-11) over Browns

The Peyton Hillis saga continues. He has strep throat, he’s hurt, he has his wedding mid-week, his agent tells him not to play, he’s healthy again…only to re-injure himself in practice on Friday. Wow. And to think I wanted my favorite player Michael Vick on the cover this year. Thank God for that. Oh, the game? The Texans win this by 20 and the Browns go back to sports anonymity.

Jets (+1½) over BILLS

I still don’t like the Bills. Maybe it’s the look of Fitzpatrick, maybe it’s my disdain for Fred Jackson, who burned me in my fantasy matchup a few weeks back. I see Jackson getting his usual 125+ and a score, but I have a hard time seeing the Bills scoring any other way. With the Bills weak defense opposing him, Mark Sanchez should have no trouble moving the ball. Well, except for the fact he’s Mark Sanchez and he usually does have trouble moving the ball. Take my pick for the AFC Super Bowl participant. Hint: it’s not the Bills.

Dolphins (+4) over CHIEFS

So everyone is jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon now huh? After barely beating the hapless Colts, a QB-less Raiders (ahem) and the inept Phillip Rivers, the Chiefs are suddenly relevant again? Sure their tied for the AFC West lead, sure Matt Cassel is playing better, sure Dwyane Bowe is still a beast, but I’m not buying it. Give me the fighting Dolphins.

49ers (-3½) over REDSKINS

**Stands up, applauds the 49ers for 30 seconds, sits back down**

The 49ers keep on rolling. Even though they barely covered last week the 49ers kept their magical season rolling. This line is shockingly low for a 6-1 team facing a terrible 3-4 Redskins team. I suppose Vegas thinks the 49ers going across the country is worth a couple points. Didn’t the 49ers beat the Bengals, Eagles and Lions on the road? OK, just checking.

COWBOYS (-12) over Seahawks

This one was tricky. Take the always disappointing Cowboys in a blowout or the atrocious Seahawks by eight on the road? The last time the Cowboys played at home they destroyed another atrocious NFC West team, the Rams, by a score of 34-7. Considering I have the Cowboys this week in my survivor pool I’ll take the points in hopes of a nice, easy week. **Plays Selfish by Slum Village in my iTunes**

Broncos (+9) over RAIDERS

Ahhhhhhhhhh to my Raiders. Never a dull moment as a Raiders fan. Run DMC not playing? We’re used to it. QB questions? We’re used to it. Coming off blowout losses? We’re used to it. This is a large spread for a team starting a rusty Carson Palmer and missing it’s best offensive weapon. I can’t see Carson Palmer having a good game here. Even though the Raiders are the more talented team the nine points is simply too much. Raiders by a field goal.

TITANS (-3) over Bengals

I’m writing this post as I have Clash of the Titans playing on my TV. A good movie if you don’t mind terrible writing and Sam Worthington screaming for an hour and a half. Gemma Aterton does look very nice though. For a game against two even teams my logic reverts to this. Genius I know. Take the Titans.

Rams (+3½) over CARDINALS

Kevin Kolb not playing might actually help the Cardinals. Kolb was a turnover machine and might be the worst trade in the NFL this year (The Palmer is leading the vote so far). Meanwhile Steven Jackson has arisen from sci-fi movie hell (terrible Predator reference) to suddenly become a decent player again. The Bradford-Lloyd-Jackson combo is actually very good and if the Rams can force a couple turnovers I like them to win the game.

GIANTS (+9) over PATRIOTS

Love this matchup. The Patriots can score like no other but can give up points just as quickly. Eli Manning called out Tom Brady earlier this year, a refreshing moment from a guy synonymous with the face of a guy who just dookied his pants. Eli is playing well and the Patriots pass D is the worst in the league. Even without Nicks and Bradshaw out I like the Giants to cover.

PACKERS (-6) over Chargers

My MVP and Super Bowl champion picks are looking very nice halfway through the season. Rodgers is playing like a man possessed and the Packers are a perfect 8-0. Traveling to the west coast should be no problem for the champs, especially against the disheartened Chargers. I like the Packers by a TD here.

STEELERS (-3½) over Ravens

You have to love these games. You have to. I love offense as much as the next guy but these defensive battles between the Ravens and Steelers are consistently the best games of the season. The Steelers are at home, are rolling and are facing an offense very much in flux. I don’t believe this will be a low scoring game like the ones we’ve seen in the past. Can the Ravens secondary stop Mike Wallace and Co.? I don’t think they can. Take the Steelers.

EAGLES (-8) over Bears

Have the Eagles found it? They’ve won two games in a row and last week looked like Super Bowl contenders beating down the Cowboys. At home again against the Bears will be a great gauge as to how close they are to NFL superiority. Every time Cutler plays on prime time it seems like he’s always throwing picks, fumbling and getting sacked. Heck that could classify as any Cutler game. Consider me an Eagles believer. Take the points.

—Jordan

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